An unidentified person posted an alarming message on the Russian social media site Sinn List on Friday, Sept. 24, that threatened the lives of female students on the University of Michigan campus.
“On October 4th, I’m going to the University of Michigan and blow every single woman I see with an AR-15,“ the post reads. "There is a violent pro-male revolution coming and you people better get ready for it."
Days following the threat, screenshots of this threatening post began to circulate on social media with some users warning female UofM students to not attend campus for their own safety.
More than 1,200 UofM community members signed a petition demanding that the university administration move as many classes and campus activities on Monday, Oct. 4, online, with many students expressing their concern of feeling unsafe attending campus.
“We worry the administration has let its eagerness to re-open in-person classes overtake its responsibility for keeping the campus community safe and alive,“ the petition states.
The university administration stated that while it did not take the threat lightly, they believed the there was no real threat to students as the person was located on the East Coast and had complied with the FBI in their investigation.
“DPSS is confident that any threat from the post has been addressed and mitigated,“ The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security, or DPPS, provided in an update. "In collaboration with our partners, we have conducted an assessment of the individual who made the post.”
Following the petition, classes at UofM went on as in-person, and currently no person has been put into custody following the shooting threat aimed at female students.